Concert of Colors is Live for 3rd Decade of Diversity

Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda — a pianist, organist, harpist, singer, composer. Photo courtesy of Detroit Institute of Arts.

The “Concert of Colors” will mark its 30th anniversary with a full music menu as it returns to the live, in-person event complemented by several live streamed events.

The festival runs July 16-24, 2022 with events mainly held at outdoor stages and the Detroit Institute of Arts.

The “Concert of Colors” is metro Detroit’s free annual diversity-themed music festival, and it’s a must-see event for anyone looking for global music at its finest. This year’s festival will feature performances by some of the best artists in the world.

Here are some of this year’s headline acts:

Eternal Spirit: The Music of Alice Coltrane

July 23, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

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“Eternal Spirit: The Music of Alice Coltrane” is a tribute to a Detroit-born, and singular figure in the history of American jazz, Alice Coltrane. Her music will be performed by acoustic bassist Marion Hayden and harpist Brandee Younger.

Alice Coltrane was a Detroit-born pianist, organist, harpist, singer, and composer. Her experience in gospel, classical, and jazz music led to the creation of her own innovative style. Her 20 recordings cover a time span from Monastic Trio (1968) to Translinear Light (2004).

“Eternal Spirit: The Music of Alice Coltrane” is free with ticket registration.

Concert of Colors: Amp Fiddler Featuring Urban Art Orchestra

July 24, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

Joseph Amp Fiddler — a Detroit-native, and funk-rooted multi-instrumentalist. Photo courtesy of Detroit Institute of Arts.

The “Concert of Colors: Amp Fiddler Featuring Urban Art Orchestra” on Sunday, July 24 performance will include funk-rooted multi-instrumentalist Joseph “Amp” Fiddler and DeSean Jones with a 12-person orchestra, including a full string ensemble and horn section. Fiddler is a Detroit-native who produces music and sings. He is also adept at the keyboard, and has been a mentor to younger Detroit artists, most notably J Dilla.

This event is free with ticket registration.

Unity In Diversity

July 20, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. 

A still from the restrospective film “Unity in Diversity.” Photo courtesy of Detroit Institue of Arts.

Watch this retrospective film celebrating the 30 years of the “Concert of Colors,” all that was achieved and all the work still ahead.

The “Concert of Colors: Unity in  Diversity” is one of the most beloved events in the region and has been an important part of Detroit’s landscape for nearly three decades. After the 1967 rebellion, Detroit with its storied music history became a powerful engine for cultural renewal in the fight for diversity and equality. Music was very much a part of all that.

The concert is free, and you can reserve your seat by registering here.

Nafada: Arab Women in Hip Hop

July 23, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.

Medusa Tn, one of the hip-hop artists of the Detroit-based electronic:industrial outfit Nafada. Photo courtesy of the Detroit Institue of Arts.

Experience a remarkable collaboration of some of the leading female hip-hop artists from Africa and the Middle East. Nafada is an electronic/industrial outfit with a deliciously defiant sound, inspired by circumstance and our view of the indignation of women in crisis regions combined with current US, anti-Muslim rhetoric. Witness the rise of a resistance movement community here in Detroit, Michigan.

This event is free with ticket registration. Register now and witness an unforgettable concert!

DhakaBaraka

July 21, 2022 at 8:00 p.m.

The politically-charged, Ukrainian quarted DhakaBaraka is returning for this year’s Concert of Colors. Photo courtesy of Concert of Colors.

The return performance of politically-charged quartet, DakhaBrakha, is an apt commentary of today’s politics. DahkaBrakha is a world-music quartet from Kyiv, Ukraine that celebrates diversity in sound and soul. Reflecting fundamental elements of sound and soul, Dakha Brakha means “give/take” in the old Ukrainian language.

DakhaBrakha has experimented with Ukrainian folk music, adding rhythms of the surrounding world into their music to create a bright and unforgettable sound. The quartet uses Indian, Arabic, African, Russian and Australian instrumentation to create a trans-national sound rooted in Ukrainian culture.

Listen to the politically-charged music from this Ukrainian quartet by registering here.

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